4 tips to help you exercise self-love also in moments of adversity.

Here I am today joining the amazing Maureen and Rina to another Wellness Wednesday linkup. Make sure you stop by their blogs and check other participants as well! 

Scoops of Joy

Awhile ago, I wrote about Making Time for Yourself. It is so easy to get caught up in daily stuff and forget about showing some self-love. This blog is also about showing self-love, but when going through some challenges. Today, I am going to write about how you take care of yourself even when going through a similar situation like me: recovering from a surgery. Or having someone close to you who needs extra attention.

In my case, there is very little I can do at the moment. I am truly thankful we live in an apartment because crossing from the living to the bedroom is quite exhausting at the moment. I cannot imagine how it would be if I had to take the stairs for example. Still, there is no reason to lose heart and feel down. More than ever, it is imperative to get the head straight and the mind in clear to overcome these times.

Here you have 4 tips to inspire you too!

Get Stuff Done
Get as many things done in advance when you know you will not be around for a while. It takes stress off your shoulders and dims the burden to others.

Me and my hairdresser some days before surgery.

As it was something planned in advance, I did everything I could beforehand to leave things (and myself) in order. This included an extra visit to the hairdresser, having winter tires changed back to normal ones etc. Why is it important? It unloaded stress off my back. Some may say that you could postpone them (yeah, I have my list of things I did not make it), but the more you can accomplish, the better you will feel. And you will also make the burden of those around you a little lighter.

Move Your Body

Any kind of movement is great when you are not able to go for a workout. Until I have the clips removed, I cannot force the wound not even a little bit. Still, if it is only your feet that you can move side to side, awesome!! Diet and exercise are an integral part of human life, applying them to facilitate regeneration of neurons after injury or surgery would be a noninvasive and practical approach for enhancing recovery(1).

Focus on the Positive

Whether you are facing some health condition or going through surgery recovery like me, do not let the temporary state of mind define you. You are not the situation itself. Avoid falling for in a trap of self-pity and negativity. Find a constructive pastime: read a book, have a chat with some friends or check some blogs. Try some meditation or Reiki to focus your attention on what really matters.

Take Your Time

Do not be too hard on yourself. There are never to identical stories. If one person recovered in a month, for another it may take 2 or more. That is nothing wrong with that. Allow yourself time to recover fully before you reinitiate your normal activities. It may sound like an unbearable situation, but see it as an investment on yourself. You will surely be able to perform better and faster if completely recovered instead of half healed.

Needless to say that I wish you will not need to put any of these tips into practice, but should you face any obstacle and feel overwhelmed by the situation you are going through, do not let anything stop you from taking good care of yourself. Even machines need to be taken care of, mainly when they are required to perform intensively. Now imagine us!!!

If you need an extra hand, do not be shy to ask. Accept and be thankful for any help you can get, whether with some household chore or moral support. Life put “angels” in our path whenever we are in need. Do not take them for granted!

Whether you are facing adversity, do not let the temporary state of mind define you. Stay focused and be positive.

Let the light shine in your heart.

Wishing you all a beautiful Wednesday.


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1. The Influence of Diet and Physical Activity on Brain Repair and Neurosurgical Outcome – Surg Neurol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2011 Nov 28. – Published in final edited form as: Surg Neurol. 2008 Oct; 70(4): 333–336.  – doi:  10.1016/j.surneu.2008.05.023

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Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Expert. She helps busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog debbieinshape.com.